Sleepy Hollow. Heather Graham's latest Krewe of Hunters novel has the perfect setting, as if this series featuring law enforcement and the paranormal needs any more creepy settings. But, I love these books. I need to go back and pick up some that I've missed over the years. But, if you're in the mood for Halloween, fascinating characters, legends and history of New York, along with the paranormal and a touch of romance, you can't go wrong with The Betrayed.
FBI agent Aiden Mahoney has tried to deny his gift, so he's a little uneasy with his new assignment to the Krewe of Hunters, a group of law enforcement people with special psychic gifts who have been handpicked. He doesn't tell anyone when an old friend, politician Richard Highsmith, appears to him and tells him, "They got me, my old friend." But, the next day he's sent to Sleepy Hollow to look for the missing Richard. Aiden knows, though, that his childhood friend is dead.
By the time Richard arrives in Sleepy Hollow, Maureen Deauville and her dog, Rollo, have already found Richard's head on top of an effigy of the headless horseman. But, Mo's job isn't over. The police look to her and Rollo, a search-and-rescue team, to find the missing body as well. But before they can find the politician's body, they find the headless body of a woman. Now, Aiden and Mo have to decide who the target was, and if someone else got in the way. A dangerous killer is taking advantage of the seasonal festivities in Sleepy Hollow, and everyone is scared. It will take research into the past, the help of some ghosts, and sleepless days and nights for the FBI, the police, and Mo to put together all the connections that lead to a cunning killer.
Graham's latest Krewe of Hunters novel introduces a fascinating new team. Aiden's unused skills complement Mo's polished ones, and her work with her dogs. And, there's a strong attraction between the two. Graham's two main characters, along with the dog, are intriguing leads. There's a host of interesting supporting characters as well.
One of the attractions of this story is the wealth of material that Graham has to use based on the Sleepy Hollow location. She capitalizes on Washington Irving and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. But, there are ghosts from the Revolutionary War and the Civil War periods who are essential to this story. The setting is rich in local color, and it's a bewitching addition to Graham's book.
Graham's Krewe of Hunters series is known for the paranormal elements and the wonderful local color. I warn you, though. They're addicting. The Betrayed is just the latest of her books that I couldn't put down.
Heather Graham's website is www.eHeatherGraham.com
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